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Curtis
Blaydes
wants a crack at the undisputed
Ultimate Fighting Championship
heavyweight title, but he now
faces the difficult task of having to potentially navigate five
rounds with one of the sport’s scariest power punchers.

The
Elevation Fight Team
export will confront former Legacy
Fighting Championship titleholder Derrick
Lewis
in the
UFC Fight Night 185
headliner on Saturday at the UFC Apex in
Las Vegas, where another successful performance would inch him
closer to his ultimate goal. Blaydes has rattled off four
consecutive victories since he succumbed to blows from Francis
Ngannou
some two years ago. He last appeared at UFC on ESPN 11
in June, when he laid claim to an exhausting five-round unanimous
decision over onetime Bellator
MMA
and M-1 Global
champion Alexander
Volkov
. Lewis, meanwhile, has pieced together a three-fight
winning streak. “The Black Beast” last competed at UFC Fight Night
174, where he brought down Alexey
Oleynik
with punches in the second round of their Aug. 8 main
event.

As UFC Fight Night “Blaydes vs. Lewis” approaches, a look at some
of the numbers the fighters on the card have generated to this
point:

59: Takedowns completed by Blaydes inside the
Octagon, most all-time among UFC heavyweights. He also ranks first
in top position time (59:44) and control time (1:13:28).

19: Lewis wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 79% of his career total (24). His list of victims
includes the aforementioned Volkov, Marcin
Tybura
, Travis
Browne
, Shamil
Abdurakhimov
, Gabriel
Gonzaga
and Jared
Rosholt
. Lewis owns four other victories by decision and one by
submission.

5: Countries in which Yana
Kunitskaya
has competed as a professional mixed martial artist.
She has gone 4-3 in the United States, 5-1 in Russia, 2-0 in
Poland, 2-0 in Lithuania and 0-1 in Denmark. Kunitskaya faces
Ketlen
Vieira
in the three-round co-main event at 135 pounds.

1: Loss on the Vieira resume. The
Nova Uniao
standout succumbed to first-round punches from
Irene
Aldana
at UFC 245 in December 2019. Vieira entered the match as
a -210 favorite.

8: Submission wins to Charles
Rosa
’s credit, providing the
American Top Team
rep with 62% of his professional total (13).
His methods of choice: four armbars, one triangle choke, one
Peruvian necktie, one anaconda choke and one brabo choke. Rosa
holds three other victories by knockout and two by decision. He
draws Darrick
Minner
in a three-round featherweight showcase.

7: Sub-minute finishes on the Minner ledger.
Included among them: a 31-second rear-naked choke submission of
Clay
Collard
and a 52-second guillotine choke submission of T.J.
Laramie
.

43: Years of age for Oleynik. The oldest fighter
on the card, he was born on June 25, 1977—78 days before the Atari
2600 gaming console made its debut—in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Oleynik
takes on Chris
Daukaus
in a featured heavyweight attraction.

45: Seconds needed for Daukaus to punch out
Rodrigo
Nascimento Ferreira
in his organizational debut at UFC Fight
Night 179 on Oct. 10. It was the fastest stoppage win of his
13-fight career.

100: Percent finish rate for Phil Hawes.
The
Sanford MMA
export has delivered seven of his nine victories by
knockout and two others by submission. Hawes tackles Nassourdine
Imavov
in a three-round middleweight feature.

38: Significant strikes by which Imavov outlanded
Jordan
Williams
at UFC on ESPN 16 in October. The Frenchman connected
with 68 such strikes and absorbed only 30 in return, as he posted a
unanimous decision over Williams in his first UFC assignment.
Imavov also completed one takedown, attempted four submissions and
piled up 4:51 of control time.

19: Arlovski victories under the UFC banner, tying
him with Diego
Sanchez
, Rafael dos
Anjos
and Dustin
Poirier
for seventh on the promotion’s all-time list. Only
Donald
Cerrone
(23), Demian Maia
(22), Jim
Miller
(21), Michael
Bisping
(20), Georges St.
Pierre
(20) and Jon Jones (20)
have more. Arlovksi puts Tom
Aspinall
to the test in a three-round heavyweight showcase.

54.5: Seconds Aspinall requires, on average, to
procure victory. He has recorded all nine of his wins inside one
round, five of them in less than a minute.

23: Years of age for promotional newcomer Casey
O’Neill. The youngest fighter on the card, she was born on Oct. 7,
1997 in Irvine, Scotland. O’Neill makes her Octagon debut opposite
Shana
Dobson
in a preliminary flyweight clash.

.756: Cumulative winning percentage between the 30
fighters scheduled to compete at the event. They own a combined
record of 464-147-3. Oleynik owns the most wins (59) of any fighter
on the card, while Arlovski has been saddled with the most losses
(19). Advertisement


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